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BALMORAL SHOW
FARMWEEK
MAY 09 2019
Exciting additions to
Balmoral Show 2019
T
HE Royal Ulster Agricultural
Society (RUAS) has launched
the 151st Balmoral Show in
partnership with Ulster Bank.
Northern Ireland’s largest agrifood event once again promises four
fun-filled days for all the family. Taking
place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, from May
15-18, the show prides itself on offering
something for everyone. With more than
650 trade stands to browse, the NI Food
Pavilion showcasing the very best of
local produce, hundreds of competitions
and classes, and a wide range of family
entertainment and attractions, it’s not to
be missed.
Alan Crowe, RUAS Chief Executive,
said: “The show continues to grow every
year with many exciting new additions
and this year is no exception. Of course
local agriculture remains at the heart
of Balmoral and we are thrilled to see a
marked increase in many of the livestock
sectors; competition will be fierce for the
prestigious Balmoral titles.’’
Nigel Walsh, Director, Corporate &
Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank,
said: “The Balmoral Show encapsulates
everything that is great about our local
food and agriculture industries and, after
10 years as the show’s principal sponsor,
we believe this partnership brings Ulster
Bank even closer to our customers
operating in these sectors and makes it
easier for us to show how we can meet
their needs.
“Throughout the last decade, the show
has significantly broadened its appeal
without losing its roots in agriculture –
it showcases NI’s farm-to-fork processes
really well along with being a fantastic
family day out. Ulster Bank is proud to be
associated with an event of this calibre.”
As always, there will be top class
attractions at this year’s show. New to the
Main Arena for 2019, The Jason Smyth
Adrenaline Tour Stunt Show will wow
crowds with amazing motorbike and quad
stunts. Another new act, Celtic Storm
Irish Dancers are sure to entertain with
their dazzling dance moves.
Also new for the 2019 show, is the return
of the Best Dressed Competition, ‘Best
Dressed Balmoral Style’. Judge and host,
Cool FM’s Rebecca McKinney will crown
the most appropriately dressed country
lady and gent on the Saturday, registration
is on the day at the Downtown Show Stage
and there are fantastic prizes on offer
from Dubarry and Ireland’s Blue Book.
The Eikon Shopping Village offers
top class shopping with a wide array of
products to browse, from ladies clothing
to homeware and much more. The FSB
Business Pavilion provides a platform for
agri related businesses to network over
the four days.
For family fun, the SPAR Arena is a
must, with a wealth of entertainment on
offer including sheepdog displays and
ferret races. For younger visitors, the
Tesco Children’s Farm is a firm favourite,
offering the chance to hold and feed the
baby animals.
Once again the Downtown Show Stage
will be home to impressive musical acts,
including Derek Ryan, Ireland’s Garth
Brooks- Jason Hughes, The Ennis Brothers
and many more. The Young Farmer’s
Clubs of Ulster bring their usual engaging
programme to this year’s show, including
Tractor Handling, the ever popular Tug of
War and the Floral Art Competition.
The Healthy
Horticulture
Area
continues to develop, highlights include
CAFRE’s marquee which showcases
career prospects within the horticulture
industry. The Horticulture Forum’s
Growers Marquee, housing local growers
of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers and the
Tasting Theatre focusing on supplying
visitors with simple and healthy dishes
centred on local fruit and vegetables.
Alan concluded by saying: ‘‘We are,
as always, indebted to our sponsors for
their continued support, especially our
principal sponsor Ulster Bank and our six
platinum sponsors Lidl, M&S, Spar, Tesco,
ABP and Fane Valley.’’
COUNTDOWN: RUAS President Billy Martin along
Discounted pre-show tickets are with brother and sister Seth and Rose Curran kick
available to purchase online at www.
off the countdown to this year’s Balmoral Show.
balmoralshow.co.uk
Timetable of events Wednesday May 1
WEDNESDAY MAY 15
8:30 - SJ1 - Main Arena
8:30 - Hunter Classes - CRL Arena
8:30 - Brood Mares followed by
Young Stock - P&O Arena ring 2
9:30 - YFCU Shearing competition
followed by YFCU Wool Handling
Competition - Shearing Pavilion
9:30 - Beltex, Hampshire Down,
Texel, Zwartables, Swaledale &
Lleyn - Sheep Rings
10:00 - SJ2 - Main Arena
10:00 - Limousin, Aberdeen
Angus, Hereford, British Blue,
Irish Moiled & Dexter classes Cattle Rings
11:30 - SJ3 - Main Arena
12:15 - Young Stock 2 Years Old P&O Ferries Arena
12:45 - Jason Smyth Adrenaline
Tour - Main Arena
13:00 - RUAS International
Shearing Junior Championships Shearing Pavilion
13:00 - Hunter Classes - CRL Arena
13:00 - Charollais - Ring 2
13:00 - ABP Suffolk - Ring 5
13:30 - SJ4 - Main Arena
13:30 - Ile de France, Dorest Horn
& Poll & Rare Breed Sheep Sheep Rings
13:45 - Young Stock 3 Year Old P&O Ferries Arena
14:00 - Elite Sires Large White Pig/Goat Ring
14:15 - British Blonde, Charolias,
Simmental, Saler, Beef
Shorthorns & Dexter - Cattle
Rings
14:30 - Landrace Pigs - Pig/Goat
Ring
15:00 - Jason Smyth Adrenaline
Tour - Main Arena
15:00 - YFCU Floral Art
Competition - Shearing Pavilion
15:00 - Rare Breed Pigs - Pig/Goat
Arena
15:15 - Young Stock Championship
- P&O Ferries Arena
15:30 - Pony Club Games - Main
Arena
15:30 - Young Stock Parade - P&O
Ferries Arena
15:30 - Pork Pigs - Pig/Goat Ring
16:00 - Donkey Display - CRL
Arena
16:00 - Coloured Horses - P&O
Ferries Arena
16:30 - SJ5 International Stakes Main Arena
16:30 - Pig Interbreed
Championship - Pig/Goat Ring
ALL SET: Rhonda Geary, RUAS, pictured
with Connemara Pony Laerswill Lily, looks
forward to the 2019 Balmoral Show.
THURSDAY MAY 16
8:30 - Connemara Showing Ponies
- CRL Arena
8:30 - Ladies Hunter Riding
Astride - P&O Ferries Arena
9:30 - SJ6 International
Spectacular - Main Arena
9:30 - Perth Type Blackface,
Border, Leicester, North Country
Cheviot, Blue Texel, Bluefaced
Leicester and Jacob Sheep Sheep Rings
9:45 - Connemara Ponies Ridden CRL Arena
10:00 - Royal Ulster International
Shearing Championship Shearing Pavilion
10:00 - Riding Horse Class - P&O
Ferries Arena
10:00 - Commercial Classes
Including Junior Championships Cattle Rings 1&2
10:00 - Interbreed Performance
Bulls - Cattle Rings 4&5
11:00 - Jason Smyth Adrenaline
Tour - Main Arena
11:00 - Goat Judging - Pig/Goat
Ring
11:30 - Side Saddle Balmoral
Classic Competition - P&O Ferries
Arena
11:30 - Interbreed Stock Judging,
Cattle Rings 4&5
12:00 - Supreme Hunter
Championship - Main Arena
12:00 - Connemara Young Rider -
CRL Arena
12:30 - Donkey Display - P&O
Ferries Arena
12:45 - Registered Irish Draught
Ridden - CRL Arena
13:00 - National Wool Handling
Final - Shearing Pavilion
13:00 - RUAS International Semi
Finals - Shearing Pavilion
13:00 - National Shearing Semi
Finals - Shearing Pavilion
13:00 - RUAS International
Intermediate Final - Shearing
Pavilion
13:00 - Lanark Type Blackface,
Kerryhill and Rouge de L’ouest Sheep Rings
13:00 - Kerry Hill - Ring 2
13:00 - Rouge de L’Ouest - Ring 4
13:15 - SJ7 International - Main
Arena
13:45 - Assembly for Horse Parade
- P&O Ferries Arena
14:00 - YFCU Machinery Handling
- Cattle Rings
14:15 - Horse Parade - Main Arena
15:00 - Jason Smyth Adrenaline
Tour - Main Arena
15:00 - Connemara Ponies
Working Hunter - CRL Arena &
P&O Ferries Arena
15:15 - YFCU Ladies Football Cattle Rings
15:30 - National Shearing

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